Michigan mocked rival Ohio State University after the Buckeyes filed a trademark request for the word ‘The’

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Ohio State University caught a jab from a rival after news broke that the school had filed a trademark request for the word “The.”

While casual fans refer to the school simply as Ohio State or in some cases “OSU,” it’s formally known as “The Ohio State University.” Extra emphasis is placed on the “The,” as shown by any former Buckeye that goes on to play in the NFL and lists their alma mater during televised starting lineups.

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According to university spokesman Chris Davey, the decision to file a trademark request was made to protect the school’s brand.

“Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” Davey said in a statement to The Columbus

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